How Much Does It Cost to Paint a Bathroom?

If you’re reading this article, your bathroom is probably in serious need of an update. You’re also probably wondering if it’s worth painting yourself or hiring a professional to paint it for you. Today we will break down all the factors that go into painting a bathroom so you can make the most informed decision possible.

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There are a lot of factors that go into painting a bathroom, but they can largely be lumped into three main categories: labor, materials, and scope. Here’s a breakdown of what those three categories look like.


Labor is perhaps the most obvious factor. A single bathroom is usually a single person job. Whether it’s the bathroom itself or as part of a larger project, the bathroom will usually take 6 man hours to complete.

If you do this part yourself, you technically aren’t paying anyone to do it for you. But you are undercutting yourself and your time by doing this work instead of something more fulfilling for you. The work may also take you a lot longer than a professional painter, especially if you’ve never done this type of work before.


Materials are things like the paint, tape, drop cloths, and plastic wraps that are used to prep and finish the surface. The cost of prep materials is built into the cost of any quote you get from Heritage Custom Painting, and it’s a fraction of the cost you would pay for these materials if you were doing it yourself.

Paint is perhaps the most expensive material, but you can typically get a significant discount if you work through a contractor because they have access to special pricing. The cost of paint varies depending on the quality of paint you choose.

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In general, you should expect a bathroom to take 2-4 gallons of paint to fully cover. If you plan on recoloring the walls or if the walls are new, there will be an additional cost for primer.


Scope is perhaps the biggest factor on any project, including bathrooms. Obviously the larger the surfaces or the more complicated the project, the more you will pay to get the job done.

The size of a surface is measured in square feet. That number is calculated by the length of the wall times the height. So if you have a ten foot wall and 8-foot ceilings, that is 80 square feet. The average bathroom has 200 square feet in total surface area for the walls, plus an additional 40 sq. ft for the ceilings. If you add in the trim, that is measured in linear feet.

Obviously each home is different and the footprint for every bathroom will be different because you have to factor in the shape of the walls and cutting around any permanent fixtures like sinks and bathtubs.


When you factor in the cost of materials, labor, and the scope of the project, the average bathroom will cost between $400-700. If you plan on hiring a contractor to do the work, we recommend getting as much work done on the visit as possible. It will cost more to have contractors come out multiple times for little projects instead of doing them all at once.

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